Let’s Party Mondays: Hello Campers!

Hey, it’s Monday again — let’s party! Today’s theme is Camp!

As you know by now, I am loving Camp at the moment. The morning day camp the staffers attended was a big hit and it sent me into a nostalgic frenzy. (ahhh, Camp Arrowhead, Good times…) But, my love of camp has been taken to a new level this week — the staffers are attending Nature Camp this week. That is 4 1/2 hours a day Monday through Friday. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for — EVERYONE!

Besides giving all of us a break from each other, (I’m banking on “absence makes the heart grow fonder” all around) the staffers came home with great games, crafts and were so tired they had very little fight left in them — JACKPOT!

I’m not the only one loving camp at the moment. My favorite magazines have weighed in with some great ideas as well. So, here’s a little somunsomun I put together — welcome to Camp!


Now is the time to drag out that dusty tent you may have or borrow one or at the very least hang a simple tarp. I found a very competent video that explains how to make a tent out of a tarp. If you make a tent happen — sit back, you are golden.

If you still want to take it up a notch, I say go for the campfire. Fire and kids seem a bit dicey for me — I’m looking for theater here. I would pile a few logs together and create a faux fire — maybe some orange and yellow tissue paper. I didn’t get to try this out yet, but I was thinking of a small fan with crepe paper ribbons attached to give the illusion of flickering flames. I’m not sure if that would work — if I can make that happen you will be the first to know. (Maybe the second, I may have to explain myself to the neighbors)


I don’t want to talk about cake — let’s talk S’mores. S’mores and Camping are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Macaroni and Cheese, Captain and Tennille (Did anyone get that last one? Sometimes, I really am just writing for myself.) So, I offer several S’more options:


My Mom saved the August issue of Family Fun magazine because it had some great camp crafts. The Totem Pole was her favorite. You have each person create a self-portrait on a paper plate using markers, natural materials and white glue. When the glue dries, tape the plates to a large stick and set the stick into the ground – wahlah a Totem Pole. Nice work, Mom.


Now, there are various iterations of tag and the staff has played quite a few of them at camp — to rave reviews I might add. Now, the Party MOMster usually shies away from tag because someone is “it”. Everyone runs away from the person that is “it” – it just feels wrong to me. But, those super smart camp counselors have teams of people being it – no one is left to be a pariah. Brilliant! I promise a sampling of the most-loved tag options from the staff by the end of the week.

I have got so much more to say including a great game that the staff and I started today. It’s drying overnight. (Oh, are you intrigued?) So, I’m calling it a night and just making my Monday deadline. We will have more Camp ideas for you tomorrow. But, feel free to pitch in a few of your own. (That whole Golden Graham thing has got me a bit down too — that Cinderella song has me all choked up)


6 Responses to “Let’s Party Mondays: Hello Campers!”

  1. 1 AlyGatr July 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I love camping…and Smores…mmmm. I do play camping the lazy way…we have a cool little play tent that we got from IKEA…we pop that up in the middle of the living room…grab blankets and pillows and VOILA we have a campsite. The nice thing about the tent…it also serves as a castle…and a tower, no sorry, THE tower where the evil witch locks up the Snow Princess…and just about any closed in building we need when we pretend 🙂

  2. 2 Party MOMster July 28, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    A play tent is a very wise investment indeed. We will likely be purchasing another one soon. Our current tent is a bit wonky. During the last imaginary camping trip, it was savaged by a bear. So, once we get the bear population under control — I'm heading to Ikea.

  3. 3 Party MOMster July 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    REJOICE! I just bought Golden Grahams — it lives!! Now, I need to find another reason to listen to Cinderella "Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone." Wait, they just picked up the trash — man, I really miss my garbage. Cue, Cinderella…

  4. 4 sqkecleen July 29, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I like the idea of a faux campfire. Safety first and no mess! A campfire reminds me of telling stories. I enjoy when we sit around and we make up a story. There is the designated story teller who begins the story and selects someone to continue the tale. The story continues until everyone has a chance to share. If there is no ending, the story teller is responsible for bringing the story to "The End".

  5. 5 Party MOMster July 29, 2009 at 2:32 am

    OK, I'm inspired to get my fan-blowing faux fire working. Stay tuned.

  1. 1 On a Camp High « Party MOMster's Blog Trackback on June 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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